(260 words) Dangerous baggage, A suitcase of thought. A family judges, But your soul can’t be bought. Lofty siblings, They sit on their thrones. Casting aspersions, Right down to your bones.
A Stoical Man (poem)
- Horizontally challenged, that was old Stan, But always so cheerful, a stoical man. Said his wife Edna, “He’s an amicable bloke, But with only three inches, well, there ain’t much to stroke!” But Stan had his talents, for his missus to share, He wasn’t huge, true, but she didn’t care. Said Edna, “I … Continue reading A Stoical Man (poem)
(400 words) There’s snow on the steeple, and frost on the ground, Sweets for a penny and crackers for a pound. And a long woollen stocking at the foot of the sheets, Waiting for Santa to fill it with treats. Downstairs, there’s milk and mince pies on the table, For Santa to eat, whenever he’s able. Then sleepy eyes close, an end to resolve, The conundrum of Santa, the mystery to solve.
The Ballad of Johnny Fang
(369 words) There once was a lonely vampire, Johnny Fang was the poor fellow’s name. All he wanted was a young lass to love him, But, being dead, he was nobody’s flame. He’d wander at night through the graveyard, By the light of the silvery moon. Wondering how he could get him a gal, Who, at the sight of his fangs, wouldn’t swoon.
Guest Poem: Winter Scene
In winter the wood is unmaskedNaked limbs stretch in vainTowards the cold sun.Knobbly branches, like aged fingers,Poke the sky. Fallen boughs, decay and lightning’s victims,Lie like skeletons in winter’s graveyard.Bereft of summer’s green shrouds. Only black and brown remainFrom the multi-coloured canopy of autumn,Now fallen, a carpet damp and rotting,Untrodden … Holly and yew … Continue reading Guest Poem: Winter Scene
Guest Post: No Joke
It's my pleasure to present a somewhat irreverent poem by my friend and fellow Write Away member, Nancy Richy, on the pesky and oft-avoided subject of death. I hope it'll raise a chuckle or three. Please check out her blog, The Elephant's Trunk for more "Creative short stories of drama, humor, family, irony, fantasy, love … Continue reading Guest Post: No Joke
Menus a la Carte
So, the drop-down system has been consigned to the bin and a new streamlined system employed. All stories were categorised by subject and found to fall into eleven main categories (some stories fell into two or even three categories). Accordingly, these new subject categories have taken pride of place at the head of each page. And mobile and tablet menus work just fine too. So, it just remains for me to say that clicking on a subject category will take you to a table of all stories in that category, listed in alphabetical order, together with original publication date and word count. So, you get the best bang for your buck before deciding to plunge into actual reading!
Love, Let Us!
A short poem for Valentine's day - - - - To purchase the stories on To Cut a Short Story Short up to December 2018 in paperback, Kindle eBook, and audio-book form, and for news on new titles, please see Shop. If you are interested in joining a fortnightly 500 word story group please contact … Continue reading Love, Let Us!
Not to Forget, but to Forgive
To apologise, yearn to repent,To feel sadness in our heart.To now admit we caused your pain,We selfishly did start.And will it make it better?Will you feel good that we feel bad?Or are the words we use what matter? Mea Culpa – Je regretteFor actions done and said.That perhaps weren’t meant to do you harm,Or, yet, … Continue reading Not to Forget, but to Forgive
The Night Before Christmas
(495 words) ‘Twas the night before Christmas, all quiet in the house, I sat at my laptop, with hand on my mouse. I looked at the apps, so many to check! E-mail, Facebook, WordPress and Tweetdeck. I opened my mail and smiled with delight at an e-card received, this cold Christmas night! I clicked and watched Santa sail over roof top, pulled by his reindeer, they ne’er seem to stop!
Out and out and out
(400 words) Out of time, out of joint, Out and about, what’s the bloody point? Out and out insanity, Losing touch with reality. Out of my mind, completely off my head, Out and out stupidity, time to go to bed. Out a space, out a luck, Out a limits, who gives a tuck? Out for … Continue reading Out and out and out
A Visit from Saint Nicholas – 2017 version.
(495 words) ‘Twas the night before Christmas, all quiet in the house, I sat at my laptop, with hand on my mouse. I looked at the apps, so many to check! E-mail, Facebook, WordPress and Tweetdeck. I opened my mail and smiled with delight at an e-card received, this cold Christmas night! I clicked and … Continue reading A Visit from Saint Nicholas – 2017 version.